Driver says she honked at Jeep that cut her off – and was shot 4 times


A woman is recovering from gunshot wounds after an incident that Minneapolis police consider an extreme case of road rage.

An advisory the police department issued Wednesday asks for anyone who saw the shots fired near the Basilica of St. Mary during Tuesday evening's rush hour to contact investigators.

Police say the 39-year-old driver was headed south on Hennepin Ave., passing Groveland Ave. where a road construction project is underway just south of downtown.

The woman told police she honked when her vehicle was cut off by a beige Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows. She said the Jeep then slowed down and a passenger opened fire with a black handgun.

According to police, she was hit three times in the arm and once in the abdomen, causing injuries that are not considered life threatening.

Police are searching for two suspects described as African-American men in their 20s. The shooter is said to have shoulder-length black dreadlocks.

Minneapolis police inspector Todd Loining said during a news conference that road rage cases rarely become this violent. Loining noted the incident occurred at a busy intersection during heavy rush-hour traffic and said investigators want to hear from witnesses.

Anyone with information that leads to a conviction would qualify for a reward from CrimeStoppers, whose tip line is 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). The Minneapolis Police Department's tip line is 612-692-8477. There's also a free app called MPD Tip 411.

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